Ali Fasir scored a hat-trick as New Radiant trashed Abahani Limited 5-1 in the AFC Cup Group E on Wednesday afternoon.
Fasirs hat-trick and s goals from Ali Ashfaq conformably leaves New Radiant in the top of the group with an away win against Aizawl FC in the last game will qualify to the next round.
In todays game, Fasir broke the deadlock in the 16th minute from a penalty awarded on a foul committed on Ashfaq. Early in the second half Abahani leveled the game in te first minute of second half. Despite scoring the equalizer Abahani couldn’t hold long as Fasir doubled the score for the blues. Later he completed his hat-trick. Ashafq made his name on the score card twice to make his total of AFC Cup campaign 2018 to 6 goals. He scored a goal against Bengaluru last week and a hat-trick against Aizawl FC in the first home game.
New Radiant will face Aizawl FC in the final group stage game and a win will qualify them to the knockout stage. On the other hand if Bengaluru FC loses against Aizawl FC today in the other game of the group stage, New Radiant will qualify for the next round having a game in hand.